Bonnie Doon netballers all fired up
BONNIE Doon Netball Club have begun their team trials this week – and with huge numbers already showing at pre-season trainings, they are looking forward to the year ahead.
“We’re doing incredibly well – we’ve got massive numbers again which is good, but could also be a little bit of a worry too,” head coach Michelle Tanner said.
“We’re hitting the 40 mark at trainings, so there are a lot of players interested.”
With the help of fitness coach Nat Taylor and the rest of the coaching lineup, the players have been working on both their fitness and their match play and skills.
With one player coming from Shepparton Bears (GVL) and another from Yea, it is hoped that some new blood in the club will assist in their success.
“We have lost a couple from last year to pregnancy and university but we have been able to make up for that,” Tanner said.
Last season’s league B&F winner Bec Watson has recently accepted a position at uni in Albury, but will still be playing for Doon.
Watson will train at the Raiders (representative team) throughout the week, but will be back to play on the weekends.
Key player Chrissy Hamilton was out with an ACL injury for part of last season and will be making a comeback this season too – something that the coaching panel are looking forward to.
“We’ve got a big coaching group,” Tanner said.
“We have got three senior coaches, two coaches for under 17s and two for u15s.”
With the line-up sorted and trials happening this week, the club is looking in good shape for season 2020.
“We can’t wait,” Tanner said. “Especially after what we’ve been able to do the last few years like getting a few teams into finals.”
Last year – to the credit of players and coaches - the Doon under 17 netballers managed to make it to their third consecutive grand final, only to fall short of a premiership.
With the success of previous seasons like last year’s in mind, the netballers’ primary focus will be to continue on with their positive progress.
“We want to be able to continue it on and go that step further rather than just make finals,” Tanner said.
“We want to be able to step it up and stay in the finals that little bit longer.”